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The Battle Against Sex Trafficking: Sweden Vs. Denmark

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That stark difference may explain why Sweden is being hailed as a model of how to combat sex trafficking, while Denmark has been called the "Brothel of Scandinavia."


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Raluca Anghel (84)
Friday April 1, 2011, 1:05 pm
noted, thanks!

Carol H (229)
Friday April 1, 2011, 2:07 pm
thanks Cal, noted

Barbara Erdman (63)
Friday April 1, 2011, 7:02 pm
noted and thanx Cal

Alexandra Rodda (180)
Friday April 1, 2011, 10:45 pm
Sweden's model seems to be working reasonably well. Prostitution survives, but the number of people involved are much smaller. One worries that the women involved with it may be locked up or silenced in some other, possibly horrible way to protect the clients.
Denmark seems to have a big problem.

Walter Firth (45)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 5:17 am
Noted,thanks Cal.I hope Princess Mary does something about this, she has a good Australian background.Her hubby may become involved. .

Shelly Peterson (213)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 5:32 am
Thankyou Sweden!!!....This is something the people in my area can take to our Government leaders and get some effective reform!!

Mike M (8)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 6:22 am

KS Goh (0)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 6:44 am
Thanks for the article.

. (0)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 10:54 am
I was in Denmark in 1984, and the "red light" district was unbelievable then! They even advertised women and men having sex with animals What a twisted country.

Robert O (12)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 12:00 pm
Funny since Denmark is considered to be the most advanced of the Scandinavian countries. I guess in some ways it's advanced in terms of moral turpitude and issues like this and that's really a shame. Thanks Cal.

Tina Loflin (32)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 2:43 pm
Dear Everyone,
I am so angry about this. NO child, no person should be forced into prostitution or any form of slavery. This is a positive step but so much more needs to be done. Let's get the message out!

April Thompson (2)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 4:08 pm

bj. shaw (61)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 4:22 pm
I agree Tina Loflin I agree prostitution is just another form of slavery and Canada's laws are becoming more and more lax.

Lisa Z (168)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 5:01 pm
Shared on Facebook!!! :(

Jonjon Hoy (146)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 5:29 pm
This is an act of slavery and an insane act and needs to be stopped. Signed and noted

Robert Tomlinson (62)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 5:34 pm

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 5:46 pm
Thanks, they really need to do something that works, maybe Sweden has implemented the solution discussed by so many in the past.

Mary Donnelly (47)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 6:37 pm
Thanks Cal--good post.

William R (20)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 7:27 pm

William Y (54)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 8:01 pm

Shirley S (187)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 9:28 pm
Noted with interest.

Mike S (86)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 10:08 pm
Noted and thank you Cal.

Past Member (0)
Saturday April 2, 2011, 11:08 pm
Please sign this petition:

Juliette Calderone (91)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 12:55 am
I think the Swedish system is the way to go. This would curb the problem .Thankyou for sharing :-)

Bon L (0)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 1:34 am
Thanks for the info.

greenplanet e (155)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 2:49 am
That's right, prosecute those who seek to buy sex.

Adam W. (11)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 5:22 am
Thank you Cal what a great article. Sweden is obviously doing something right, thank you for raising awareness about this important issue!

Nola g (5)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 5:43 am
Thank you for the article. My daughter is in denmark right now, she'll be in sweden next. I'll have to ask her how it was over there.

Jose Ramon Fisher Rodriguez (13)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 6:50 am
The case of Sweden and Denmark shows that the decriminalization approach does nothing to reduce the problem. I hope other countries will follow Sweden's lead.

Yvonne F (181)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 8:53 am
Thanks Cal! It is nice to be a Swed when reading this, but since I live in Denmark it feels really sad! I hope Denmark will learn from the brother country, but it is unfortunate for the girls in Denmark. They need to hurry up and save them from this horrific men who deals with the traffic.

Tamie R (2)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 9:21 am
Leave these children, women and men alone. Sex trafficking is awful

Brenda Towers (0)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 9:32 am
Sweden is to be congratulated. Denmark should hang it's head in shame!

Sue Matheson (79)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 11:34 am
thanks for the post

Past Member (0)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 1:25 pm
Thanks for this post. Edifying.

. (0)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 1:53 pm
It has always been obvious to fine and punish those buying the prostitutes. I think there should be a listing of everyone in the paper that has had to buy sex and that would certainly reduce it. Those that traffick in women and children, once caught should be killed immediately. That will cut down on those trafficking in people. Remember in most cases, it isn't some little pimp that is the big problem, it is the large criminal organization that trafficks the women across borders that is the real problem. Why aren't we also targetting these crime organizations leaders.

It is like with the drug problem. If we target the little dealer on the corner, there will be 100 to replace them. If we target the leader of the cartels, there will definitely be fewer to replace them.

Real change happens from the top-down.

Helle H (21)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 2:19 pm
Excellent idea to punish thoses who buy sex. The Sweedes has gotten the prostitudes away from the streets, but where are they now. Don't tell me that the prostitutin has stopped.

Roger G (148)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 3:04 pm
noted thanks

Petra M (259)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 3:06 pm
Thanks for the article !

Elizabeth M (65)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 3:21 pm
Noted and thanks for this article Cal.
Sweden was very smart in taking the measures they did. It would help in all countries (except maybe Asian as they have their systems of moving girls around when they get tips, and they always seem to). Making it illegal to buy sex, being on a police list or publishin names in newspapers, big fines and jail will stop a lot of men from procuring sex for money.
It is tragic what happens to so many young women!!!

William Ford (1)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 3:26 pm
Sweden thought of women in Scandinavia. We should thought of them in US Canada and Mexico!

George Menzies (18)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 7:51 pm
Where is the petition to world authorities?

Rose Becke (141)
Sunday April 3, 2011, 11:40 pm

Christina Bolan (19)
Monday April 4, 2011, 12:06 am
how about Norway?

Parvez Zuberi (7)
Monday April 4, 2011, 1:50 am
Thanks for the article it should be an eye opener or other countries at least to cut down sex slavery

Melissah C (389)
Monday April 4, 2011, 3:40 am

Kristina J (10)
Monday April 4, 2011, 5:38 am
One more reason I wish I lived in Stockholm. So obvious a solution, but no one else seems to get it right. Instead we want to continue to punish the victims over and over again, in our quest for 'morality'.

Leia P. (7)
Monday April 4, 2011, 12:02 pm

Betty T (44)
Monday April 4, 2011, 2:28 pm
Just recently wrote an article about Human Trafficking, something becoming more and more prevalent in the world. If interested visit here:

adriana j (22)
Monday April 4, 2011, 4:13 pm
I think Sweden is using the right approach. Attack the source of the problem: the demand. Then the supply becomes a lot less interesting. Here is a crazy idea: how about applying the same principle to the War on Drugs?

Trudy C (7)
Monday April 4, 2011, 8:42 pm
Again, Sweden clearheadedness wins the day. Can other nations' govts. avoid being bogged down by politics & prudish sensibilities, and try something that works for a change (for a change, get it)?

Krasimira B (175)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 3:35 am
Noted with thanks.

Past Member (0)
Wednesday April 6, 2011, 1:24 pm
Well, this has certainly made a point regarding the concept of decriminalisation removing the criminal element. Nice theory, but...

Probably the biggest effect in Sweden is from the "Cod" factor. Being criminalised for soliciting is probably less of a deterent than being named and shamed, and the fact that Swedish society has embraced the idea that buying sex is only for lowlifes. It can be done, it's happened here with smoking, being forced to sneak outside for a smoke like it's a dirty habit...but then it is.
It just needs a little thought, and care, otherwise the "shame" becomes a badge of honour for some, like the ASBO (antisocial behaviour order) did.

Marilyn R. Meier-o'brien (2)
Thursday April 7, 2011, 4:22 am
noted. I am
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